Requiring a Dynamic Fiscal Analysis of Changes to Visual Media Production Tax Credits and Reimbursements

Last updated: Jun 4, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Digital Media Production
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative John Picchiotti, House 108
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 928




Part A of this bill creates a pilot project to develop and evaluate a tax simulation model for state dynamic fiscal analysis of potential changes to the certified visual media production credit established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5219-Y and the visual media production reimbursement established in Title 36, section 6902. The Department of Economic and Community Development may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the University of Maine to conduct the pilot project. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review are required to evaluate the findings of the pilot project and to jointly report to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation whether the proposed changes to the visual media production credit and reimbursement would result in a negative or positive fiscal impact.

Part B of this bill repeals the certified visual media production credit and instead increases the reimbursement amount for certified production wages paid from 12% to 25% for residents of Maine, increases the cap on the reimbursement of wages from $50,000 to $100,000 and provides for a reimbursement of 20% of nonwage visual media production expenses. These changes take effect only if the result of the joint finding of Maine Revenue Services and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review is that the changes proposed in this Part would result in a positive fiscal impact on state revenue.